UCLA or BCS - Head to the ROSE BOWL
One of the largest traditions in the country when it comes to college football is the Grand Daddy of them All, the Rose Bowl. Located in Pasadena, this stadium boasts one of the largest arenas in which college football is played. During the regular season, the UCLA Bruins call the Rose Bowl home, but every Jan. 1 (except when the RB gets the National Championship game), you can find over 100,000 screaming fans in this place.
Super Bowls have been played here, and it is an absolutely beautiful setting for a game.
Have The Main Dish: Rose Bowl
...that is, if you can get tickets to the game. Every year, the Rose Bowl is built up as the best, most poular American college football game at the end of playing season. The Rose Bowl stadium is host to mainly collegiate sports. there has been talk of it has a future venue for a Los Angeles area NFL team- but dream on for this to happen. Politics and stupidity prevents the dream of an LA team ! Argh!
Equipment: a sun visor for watching the game in the stands.
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The Yoga Alternative- Insight Yoga
OK, I'm not a big Yoga buff, but after seeing this place up close, one will love to give yoga a chance! If you detest yoga, just come here to admire the exterior building draped with gren leaves!
Equipment: yoga mat, towel (white is preferable), and open, bendy legs would be nice!
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Rose Bowl Game
The most traditional of all college football bowl games is the Rose Bowl game. Historically, it has been played between the champions of the Big 10 and Pac 10 conferences, but things have changed since the BCS has been put into play. (I am a Big 10 person, so I'm bitter).
The first game was played in 1902 between Stanford and Michigan. Stanford gave up in the 3rd quarter after being down 49-0, and football wasn't played as part of the Tournament of Roses again until 1916, where it has been played every year since, and has become the most historical college football game.
The game is played at the Rose Bowl stadium every year at 2 PM on New Year's Day (except every 4 years for the BCS championship game). It is a sellout every year, and tickets are expensive. The best way to get tickets, if you are not a season ticket holder or student at one of the schools playing in the game, is to buy a Rose Bowl travel package that includes airfare and hotel. This is really the only guaranteed way to get into the game. There are plenty of scalpers that walk around on gameday, so shopping around for a good price is always possible.
If you are in the LA area around the New Year and enjoy sports, do not pass up a chance to see the game. The festivities surrounding the game and the action on the field will be something you won't forget.
Rose Bowl Stadium
The Rose Bowl is one of the most historical stadiums in the world, and is also one of the largest in the USA with a capacity of 93,000.
The stadium was completed in 1922 and held only 57,000 people at the time. It has been renovated over the years to take its present shape, and the record crowd was 106,869 on New Year's Day of 1973.
It holds the Rose Bowl game every year on New Year's Day, and is also home to UCLA football. In addition to college football, it has held Super Bowls, the classic 1994 World Cup Final between Brazil and Italy, and held events for the 1932 Olympics and soccer for the 1984 Olympics. It is home to the Galaxy Soccer Club of the MLS. Concerts, religious services, and flea markets have also been held here.
It is best to see a sporting event here, but just as amazing to see the stadium up close. Take a trip out here and spend some time walking around the stadium. Tours were once available but all have been cancelled until further notice for security reasons.
Arroyo Seco Golf Course
It's hard to believe there's a golf course in Pasadena because real estate in this town is such a commodity. Amongst the high prices homes and along side the infamous Rose Bowl is a beautiful golf course in what appears to be a ravine.
This golf course has lights and remains open most nights until 10pm. They open everyday when there's light in the morning and weather permitting.
The tricky part is finding the golf course.
Steep Hiking Path just above Pasadena
This hiking path is actually located in Altadena, just north of Pasadena. Park on the street in this residential area at Loma Alta Drive and Lake Avenue. There is a metal gate supported by a rock wall. You'll walk past the gate along a deteriorated rocky road. Continue east on this path. You'll come to a dirt path, you'll walk slight left then right again. You'll see a 3-4 foot wide dirt path going north and you'll proceed up this path to Echo Mountain. Approximately 5 miles round trip. See photos posted of the remnants of the "White City" built back in the 1800's at the top of Echo Mountain on my Echo Mountain Travelogue. It is a popular hiking path so quite a few people are up here but it's one of the more moderate hiking paths that won't wear you out too much.
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Beautiful and Fairly Flat Hiking Path
This hiking path is also used by runners and mountain bikers. It's fairly flat so you won't encounter any breath taking views. But what you will encounter is a stream for almost the entire way if you hike in quite far. We hiked in for about an hour. We probably had to cross the stream about 3 times. In the beginning, the path is wide and paved. The further you go in, it narrows and the path is dirt and sometimes rocks. We came to quite a few bridges which is neat because it makes for an interesting hike. Also, on this hiking path was a campgound. If you enjoy hiking, running or mountain biking, this is a great trail to take.
I wrote in the address, the city as Altadena so when you mapquest it, you can find it. It is actually located in the city of Pasadena. It's right on the border and the hiking trail actually is located next to JPL. See my travelogue for more photos.
Equipment: Sunscreen, sunglasses and water.
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Another Hiking Path
This is a short hiking path but not well used which makes it an intriguing hike. The path is very narrow and not completely clear. So, twigs and plants might brush up against your legs as you go. Another strange feature about this hiking path is that it is located in a residential area and not easily seen. Once you hike in, you come to a dry creek bed of rocks which then become the hiking path. At the end of this climb of the dry creek bed you will find a small waterfall.
Equipment: Sunscreen, sun glasses, water, towel.
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Sometimes it Snows in SoCal!
That is just a joke! It usually does snow in Southern California but we don't always see a whole lot of it. You can't ski or snowboard in Pasadena but you can go to Big Bear, Wrightwood and Frazier Park are probably to closest areas to enjoy. Check out my Big Bear page for more info!
The Rose Bowl
Although with the BCS it has lost some of its luster, the Rose Bowl is one of the iconic football games, pitting the Big ten champion against the PAC -10 champion. The game is played in this stadium in Pasadena.